Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Ping Fu
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Get inspired by Ping Fu’s journey from her family’s suffering during China’s Cultural Revolution to becoming a top American innovator and tech entrepreneur who founded Geomagic, a 3D digital reality solution company.
If you’re currently considering or implementing maker programs in your library, this program will resonate as more than an incredible personal story. “I was a maker all along,” she said in an interview with MAKE Magazine. She says that making and craftsmanship are highly revered in China and her experience working in Mao’s factories led to her interest in connecting software to the physical world, that in turn became her vision for Geomagic and 3D technology.
Ping Fu’s remarkable story of personal and business resilience is told in her memoir Bend,Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds Portfolio/Penguin). The book relates how she was separated during China’s Cultural Revolution from her parents at age eight, was forced to work in factories rather than get a school education, and ultimately exiled at 25 when she came to the U.S. She quickly made a new life for herself as an entrepreneur, worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and AT&T Bell Labs,and is a member of President Obama’s National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a board member of Long Now Foundation.
Sponsored by Portfolio/Penguin